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Northwest Center for Sport




At the Northwest Center for Sport, we are committed to advancing knowledge and experiential opportunities for students to allow them to lead the sport industry into the future. 


The NWCS provides networking, professional development, and advanced learning to students, faculty, and industry partners. We seek progress in diverse representation, inclusive leadership, and equitable treatment within our programs, center activities, and the wider sport industry. 

Who We Are

In an effort to connect our students with the sport industry, we have hosted guest speakers on-campus and virtually from all facets of the sport industry:

  • Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Kraken, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders, Portland Trail Blazers, PGA Tour, PAC-12 Networks, BYU Athletics, Michigan State University Athletics, Yakima Pippins, Root Sports, the WIAA, Department of Defense, Sport Singapore and our own CWU Athletics among others. 

We have hosted conferences in years past and recently hosted our Annual CWU Northwest Sport Management Summit this Spring 2021 featuring current leaders from the sport industry. We as a Center also hold a student trip each year in which we took a group of students to the Portland Trail Blazers Career Fair and toured venues such as the Nike Campus, Moda Center and the Hillsboro Hops Ron Tonkin Field. 

At the NWCS, there are opportunities for those interested in serving as a member of our undergraduate Sport Management Association and leadership opportunities in serving as a graduate student Northwest Center for Sport Ambassador.

Director: Dr. Sean Dahlin, Assistant Professor of Sport Management


Northwest Center for Sport Upcoming Events & News:


NWCS Las Vegas Student Trip Job Description





Part 1  

Part 2 

Part 3  

Part 4   

Part 5  

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5 & Closing Remarks

NWCS Advisory Board Professional Development Best Practices Document Links:

We feel very fortunate for the feedback from our NWCS Advisory Board members that participated and are high-level management/administrators within the sport industry with their expertise on best practices for resumes, cover letters and job search basics. Please take a look at the general consensus and take this feedback into consideration for our own professional documents...they are those within sport that do the hiring. Enjoy!

*Special thanks to Megan Thompson of PAC-12 Networks (advisory board member and CWU alum) and Emilio Valderas (CWU alum)  

  • Best Practices Resume
  • Best Practices Cover Letter
  • Best Practices Job Search Basics

NWCS Event Videos

NW Sport Management Summit Video

“Pacific Northwest Sport – Opportunities and Challenges” (Thurs., Oct. 21, 2021)

1. Welcome & Alumni Award (0:00-13:20)  

2. "Punching Above Your Weight" (Keynote Address): K.L. Wombacher - President of the Hillsboro Hops (13:21-47:47)

3. "Getting Your Foot in the Door" - Professional Sport Panel (47:52-1:40:37)
Amy Stone Huitron - Community Programs Manager, Washington Nationals/Houston Astros, Chris Lawrence - VP of Ticket Sales & Service, Seattle Seahawks), and Kyle Waters - Senior VP of Ticket Sales & Service, Seattle Storm)

4. "Management of Non-profit Sport Organizations" Panel (1:40:45-2:34:24)
Bob Romero - Executive Director, YMCA Yakima, Brad Case - Director, Ellensburg Parks & Recreation, and Dr. Dennis Francois - Director of Athletics, CWU Athletics

Northwest Sport Management Summit (May 4, 2021)

Keynote ("The Importance of Relationships in Athletic Careers"): Tom Holmoe, director of athletics at BYU Athletics

Panel #1 ("Building Your Professional Network"): moderated by Annie Stickney, NWCS ambassador with panelists - Todd Humphrey, senior vice president of digital fan experience & Kraken Training Center at Seattle Kraken; Karissa Sander, sports, fitness & aquatics director at Department of Defense; Megan Thompson, partnership development coordinator at PAC-12 Networks; Alex Timberlake, senior premium service manager at Portland Trail Blazers


Panel #2 ("Revenue Generation in Sport"): moderated by Riley Lindsey, NWCS ambassador with panelists - Epiphany Clark, assistant athletic director of sport/external relations at Michigan State University Athletics; Jake Hirshman, specialist of tournament business & sponsor relations at PGA Tour; Denise Lamb, vice president of partnerships at Collegiate Licensing Company; Aaron Lampkin, vice president of ticket sales & service at Seattle Sounders

Panel #3 ("Exploring Various Career Paths within Sport"): moderated by Kevin Bodle, NWCS ambassador with panelists - Stephanie Delgado, director of international at PGA Tour; Troy Engle, senior director of coaching & athlete development at Sport Singapore; Elena Kelsh, senior analyst at Chicago Blackhawks; Rusty Vineyard, director of facilities at University of Idaho

Seattle Mariners Virtual Event: moderated by Daisy Pfeifer with panelists - Liz McCloskey, senior manager of sales development; Albert Jaimes, corporate partnerships manager; Kalli Rutherford, marketing coordinator; Mike Mendiola, account executive of premium sales; Jenna Capehart, sales & marketing activation specialist; Tyler Carskadon, sales strategy associate


Suzie Cool: Multimedia Journalist/In-arena Host, Rockester Americans (AHL)/Knighthawks (NLL)


Justin Su'a: Mental Performance Coach, Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)



Intersection of Race in Sport Panel (hosted by NWCS with CWU Sport Management Association and CWU Athletics): Mario Andaya, head women's volleyball coach at CWU Athletics; Mal Stewman, academic success coordinator for student-athletes at CWU Athletics; Aujanique Doss, women's track & field student-athlete at CWU; Symone Brown, women's basketball student-athlete at CWU



2021 National Girls & Women in Sport Day Panel (hosted by NWCS with the Department of Sport & Movement Studies): Dr. Maribeth Jorgensen, assistant professor of psychology/licensed mental health counselor; Dr. Kelly Pritchett, assistant professor of  nutrition & exercise science/registered dietitian; Dr. Cindy Bruns, CWU director of counseling/training director & psychologist; Randi Richardson-Thornley, head women's basketball coach at CWU Athletics


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